ONS: 21 April 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 21, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The new Ivory Coast army attacked a formerly allied militia.
  • ASIA: Japan established a formal exclusion zone around crippled reactors.
  • EUROPE: Turkey killed 3 Kurdish rebels in skirmish.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Martelly officially declared president of Haiti.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Negotiations began in Yemen over the fate of regime.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Researchers discovered the iPhone tracks and records user movements without their knowledge.

TOP STORY

  • Continued stalemate in Libyan conflict
    • Opposition forces captured a border crossing with Tunisia; Tunisian media claimed that 13 Libyan military officers turned themselves over to Tunisian authorities.
    • Libyan state TV claimed a NATO airstrike killed 7 and injured 18 civilians in a Tripoli suburb.
    • British Prime Minister Cameron insisted in an interview that NATO is not “creeping” towards sending ground forces to Libya.
    • Coverage: Reuters, WaPo, AP

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: The army attacked a militia loyal to the warlord Ibrahim Coulibaly despite having previously joined forces against Laurent Gbagbo. (NYT)
  • Libya: Two western journalists, Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, were killed by mortar fire in Misrata. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: President Jonathan declared that elections would continue to be held despite the widespread rioting. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: An Italian and South Korean ship were hijacked by pirates in separate incidents. (AFP, Xinhua)
  • Uganda: Security forces again arrested opposition leader Kizza Besigye, and suppressed a protest in Kampala with tear gas. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: 3 policemen were killed in a bomb attack. (AP)
  • Japan: The government announced a formal ban on entering the exclusion zone around the Fukushima nuclear reactor. (WSJ)
  • Pakistan: Admiral Mullen’s meetings with Pakistani officials continued. (AP, Bloomberg, WSJ)

EUROPE

  • Belarus: President Lukashenko declared he would destroy any “fifth column” opposition to his government and the Minsk metro bombings were the result of too much democracy “sickening” the country. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Security forces killed 3 Kurdish rebels near the border with Syria. (Reuters)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Haiti: Former singer Michel Martelly was officially declared President. (WP)
  • Mexico: 26 bodies were discovered in the northern state of Durango. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Syria: President Assad appointed a new governor of Homs province. (AP)
  • Yemen: The chief of the GCC arrived to mediate talks between representatives of the opposition and President Saleh.
    • An opposition official announced that President Saleh had been offered a “departure with immunity” deal. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • iPhone: Researchers discovered that the iPhone iOS 4 tracks and records all the user’s movements and location without the user’s permission or knowledge. (TechSpot)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 460 nm NW of San Juan
    • Movement: WNW at 10mph
    • Winds: “Gale force”
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Off the east coast of Honshu, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 7.0km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (22APR)

  • Global: Earth Day.
  • Global: Christians celebrate Good Friday.
  • South America: Venezuela expected to leave Andean Community of Nations.
  • Yemen: Emergency rule expires.

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